Next month will bring the long-awaited January Macworld Expo. As always, the internet is full of speculation regarding what Apple will and won’t unveil. Among the rumors are new Mac Minis, an iPhone Nano, and Netbooks. The final two I believe are rumors that will never die. At least until (and if) Apple does release […]
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Apple to Unveil Netbooks Next Month?

Next month will bring the long-awaited January Macworld Expo. As always, the internet is full of speculation regarding what Apple will and won’t unveil. Among the rumors are new Mac Minis, an iPhone Nano, and Netbooks. The final two I believe are rumors that will never die. At least until (and if) Apple does release them.

Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research, is an analyst who believes the netbook rumor is one that will indeed turn to truth come the January Expo. He believes that with the popularity netbooks are receiving at the moment, and with the less than bright economy, Apple would unveil not just one, but two netbook options at the conference. Gottheil believes the netbooks would then be on the market around the middle of next year.

Gottheil believes the reason Apple have put off the idea of a netbook, and the reason it’s taken them so long to enter the market, is because they wanted to avoid providing a stripped-down version of the MacBook, and risk losing sales on the current model. He believes Apple needed to create something completely different, something that would not replace the need of a MacBook.

With this in mind, Gottheil says Apple will release a netbook that, similar to the iPhone, will exist in an Apple-controlled “closed system,” where software is downloaded only from the App Store, restores are made through iTunes, and backups are available through a service like MobileMe. He also claims peripheral and add-on choices would be limited. “By controlling the software that can be loaded and the hardware that can be attached, Apple’s device will be simpler, easier to use and more reliable than a PC, and will excel at the functions most required by users,” says Gottheil.

I’m really quite confident that there is a market out there for an Apple netbook. I know many people who would really benefit from having a netbook, but are determined not to leave the Apple OS. For me, the iPhone does the job on the move, and when I need a bit more, my MacBook is small enough to carry around. However I don’t carry it around all day, every day, and for those that do, a netbook would be incredibly helpful.

I’m not sure I like the idea of the “closed system” environment though.

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